14: Planetary Listening


This chapter reflects on how the edited volume Refugee Youth: Migration, Justice and Urban Space offers an alternative to more traditional academic studies of integration by opening up a space for refugees’ own voices to be represented and heard on their own terms. It makes a case for the importance of ‘planetary listening’, in which each individual life contains the traces of a global human story. Rather than caring only for those who seem to look like us, this kind of attention opens us to the experience of displaced young people in a way that invites a more inclusive planetary consciousness. It is based on ‘fellow feeling’ and aimed at an ‘unspectacular’ human portrayal of young people seeking freer lives.

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